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Symposium 2016

On Monday, the 7th of November 2016, the symposium on Language & Culture (flyer) with the aim to bring together academics, professionals, support staff, students and field experts who share an interest in the topic of language and culture took place. The symposium focused on creating awareness, exchanging information (research and practice) and the application of language and intercultural competence in dynamic academic and professional environments.

The symposium provided an inspiring framework for participants to discuss strategic policies and practices, share knowledge and know-how, learn from field experts, and network with one another on the effects of language and culture in professional organizations. Attendees included both students and staff of the University of Groningen, and professionals from companies and organizations functioning internationally within and outside the Netherlands.

The following themes were addressed during the Symposium:

  • Language acquisition
  • Intercultural competence
  • Internationalization
  • Diversity and inclusion


  • 8.30 registration and coffee/tea
  • 9.15 opening
  • 9.30 Melissa Dalton Bradford, author, blogger, polyglot
  • 10.15 coffee break
  • 10.45 round 1 of workshops/presentations
  • 12.15 lunch
  • 13.15 Chuck Stephens, head of diversity & inclusion at Google
  • 14.00 round 2 of workshops/presentations
  • 15.30 coffee break
  • 16.00 Chris O'Shaugnessy, author, globetrotting adventurer, international speaker
  • 16.45 drinks
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